ACHS Internship Program
The Anoka County Historical Society has a number of internships available on an ongoing basis – check out the list below! Descriptions of projects are provided, as well as a preferred minimum weekly time commitment for each project. Please contact us with any questions!
If you are interested in applying for an internship, please provide the following:
2) Cover letter stating your interest in the project
4) One letter of recommendation
Internship Project Descriptions
5-hour Weekly Commitment
10-hour Weekly Commitment
20-hour Weekly Commitment
Enter Manuscripts into PastPerfect
Our collection of manuscript files is constantly increasing. Learn how to use the PastPerfect museum database software and get to know the ACHS Manuscript Files as you help us get and keep our records up to date. This allows staff, interns, patrons and volunteers to find needed information quickly when they are doing research. Opportunities to write entries for the ACHS History Blog, or articles for our bimonthly newsletter are available as part of this internship.
The ACHS Collections are large and varied. With so many different volunteers and staff members working with them over the years, we know that some collection items have been misplaced. This project will give you a chance to really dig into the collections, as you pick a shelf in our stacks to check box contents and location against the records in our PastPerfect museum database software. The goal of this project is to make sure that the physical arrangement of our collections matches our database records, and to update or add records to the database when needed to be sure that every item in the collection can easily be located by searching the database. Opportunities to write entries for the ACHS History Blog, or articles for our bimonthly newsletter are available as part of this internship.
Research Project: History Program
During this project you will (with guidance from ACHS Staff) choose a topic in Anoka County history that is interesting to you, and then perform in-depth research using the ACHS Collections and other resources. The second part of the project will involve putting together a history program based on your research that can be given by ACHS staff or volunteers; this will include both a written script and a PowerPoint presentation with good pictures and other visuals to match the story being told. This program will become a part of the ACHS library of programs that we give in different venues around the county. (If you would like (a) an opportunity to present the program you have created, or (b) to adapt the material for ACHS to use in our “It’s Your History” TV programs with partner QCTV, please discuss it with our Volunteer Coordinator!)
Enter Manuscripts into PastPerfect: All Around the County Collection
ACHS has a manuscript collection for each of the cities and townships that make up Anoka County, but unfortunately this collection was not maintained well for many years, and much of it has not been entered into our PastPerfect database where it can be searched. An intern working on this project would provide us a great service by helping to eliminate this backlog, allowing staff, interns, patrons and volunteers to find needed information quickly when they are doing research in this collection. Opportunities to write entries for the ACHS History Blog, or articles for our bimonthly newsletter are available as part of this internship.
Create Collection Finding Aids
While most of ACHS’ archival collections (organizational records from a specific institution, or papers from a particular individual or family, for example) are cataloged in our PastPerfect museum database software, they are less accessible to the public than we would like. During this project, you’ll learn how to create a finding aid, a document used in archives to tell users where a collection comes from and what its contents are. In order to write the finding aid for a collection, you’ll get to research those materials and the person or organization that created them, as well as doing any physical organization of the collection that might be needed. Your finished finding aid will then go up on the ACHS website in order to make our collections more accessible to users.
Research Project: Museum in a Box
During this project you will (with guidance from ACHS Staff) choose a topic in Anoka County history that is interesting to you, connects with the sixth grade history text book, Northern Lights and meets state education curriculum requirements. You will then perform in-depth research using the ACHS Collections and other resources on your topic. In the second part of the project you will work with the Program Manager to create one of our “Museum in a Box” educational boxes for use in school classrooms. Elements of the boxes include: teacher background materials and a presentation on the topic aimed at a sixth-grade audience; assembling hands-on artifacts that students will be able to handle and examine; written descriptions of the hands-on artifacts including their historical context and use; and (potentially) a game or activity that will allow students to better grasp the historical events described. (Please see the ACHS website “Museum in a Box” page for examples of our current boxes.)
Moving the Photograph Collection
New photographs are cataloged and added to the ACHS Photograph Collection each week, and we are making some changes in order to continue having room for all of them. This project involves physically moving photographs into a new location, checking on their condition, and updating the records in our PastPerfect museum database software to reflect any changes so that the photographs don’t get lost.
History & Technology: Social Media
If you are interested in Anoka County history and love social media, this might be the project for you. ACHS is looking to expand our online presence, both in putting out more and better content, and in expanding to additional social media platforms. The goals of this project would be to create history “cards” and other content to go out on ACHS social media, to assist ACHS staff with the setup of new accounts, and to establish a system for publishing content (possibly through a service such as Hootsuite) that would be easy to maintain for ACHS staff and later interns or volunteers.
Research Project: Lobby or Traveling Exhibit
During this project you will (with guidance from ACHS Staff) choose a topic in Anoka County history that is interesting to you, and then perform in-depth research using the ACHS Collections and other resources. The second part of the project will involve putting together an exhibit with text, artifacts and photographs to be displayed either in the ACHS lobby exhibit space, or in any of the several places around the county where ACHS brings traveling exhibits.
History & Technology: Anoka County History App
In our efforts to get information about Anoka County history out to even more people, ACHS is hoping to explore the possibility of putting that history right in people’s hands through a game or app developed for mobile use. If designing apps or games for mobile devices is something you like to do, then contact us about this internship project!
Research Project: Objects Collection
Do you like historical objects and artifacts? Do you have some knowledge or expertise relating to historic tools, dishes or clothing? This project would allow you to dig into ACHS’ Object Collections, looking at something that is of personal interest to you. Each object should be examined and researched so that you can report on the following items: the object’s condition and approximate date; any interesting facts about the object’s history or use; and the object’s connection to Anoka County. The goal of this project is to have a more in-depth catalog of our artifacts so that their use in exhibits becomes quicker and easier. Opportunities to write entries for the ACHS History Blog, or articles for our bimonthly newsletter are available as part of this internship.
Propose Your Own Project
Don’t see a project here that grabs your attention, but still interested in interning with ACHS? Just get in touch with us! We’re happy to hear project proposals, and to work with you to develop an internship that both suits your skills and interests, and meets our needs.